Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Week 3: Mash Up

Here is Stephanie Lavado and my mash up showcasing the basic rules of soccer.

Monday, July 20, 2015

My Digital Portfolio

I created a website to showcase my digital experience during the ITDML program as well as a resource for specifically PE and health educators but also classroom teachers.  Please visit my site and take technology into YOUR classroom.  

Digital Programs for your Classroom

  1. Newsela: A program who compiles recent news articles and creates alternative reading levels/abilities for your students
  2. Google Scholar: Research based articles of various different subjects
  3. Goanimate: Create your own cartoon here
  4. Powtoon: Similar to goanimate
  5. Storify: Compile a timeline of tweets, stories, videos, and much more. A great tool for a culmination of the year.
  6. Emaze: Program to create presentations
  7. ignite Talk: A slide show presentation creation website
  8. Popplet: A great tool create a digital web map
  9. Haiku Deck: Similar to Popplet
  10. Coggle: Similar to Popplet and Haiku Deck
  11. Peach Jar: Prepare your own homemade digital flyer
  12. Kid Blog: A blog for your students
  13. Letter Generator: A program to teach students how to write letters
  14. Easy Blogger: A blogging website
  15. Schoology: Great way to connect classrooms and organize learning


Health and Physical Education Digital Programs

HEALTH EDUCATION: Below are programs to help track students exercise and food intake:

  • Map My Fitness: A program that uses GPS to track a students exercise
  • Ubersense: A program to help PE teachers use in their classrooms to record performance and in slow motion play back the movement. The program also allows you to compare the motion to a professional athlete.
  • Coaches Eye: Similar program to ubersense.

Develop Your OWN Identity

Below are some resources you can use to develop your OWN identity

  • Pixabay; A program to find hundreds of free digital images great for your classroom
  • DaButton: A program that allows the creator to input buttons into their website
  • Skitch: An user friendly program to take screen shots on the computer!
  • Screencast: Make your own tutorials with this program

Below are all different types of free website creation programs 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Teaching Online Content Tools: Loseit! Application as a OCC Product

 As a health and physical education teacher, I find benefits in programs to help monitor our food intake with our energy expenditure. I have used various programs such as myfitnesspal and caloriecounter; however; one tool I use in my classroom is LoseIt! This is an application that can be used on a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. It can be paired with various other programs such as the mapmyfitness programs. It is an extremely user friend program good for the everyday person looking to get healthy and stay healthy. Below is a summary of the program, a lesson outline of when incorporating the LoseIt! program in their classrooms and also a tutorial on how to use the program.
The Lose It! application is a product of FitNow Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts. The application was introduced as an iPhone version in 2008.  Since its growing popularity, FitNow Inc. decided to include the web other devices. The “Lose It!” is an application used to track calories intake and output.  The application also tracks foods from the various food groups and pairs with MyPlate.  Based on your height, weight, goal and activity level, Lose It calculates the appropriate amount of daily calories necessary.  Great, easy to use tool for students! After setting up the free application on the desktop, one must develop a goal such as gain weight, lose weight, or maintain weight.  You can also download the application onto your mobile device for on the go tracking.  Once your profile is set up Lose It! calculates your target calories to reach for the day.  Throughout the day you can include each meal you ate including snacks and drinks!  The Lose It! application can make a running tab on your calories and calculate the remaining daily calories.  It can also track your daily activities such as mowing the lawn, house cleaning and much more! Now that you are ready, it is time to start “Losing It!”.  Click on the top left hand corner marked “Add Food” as seen below.  If you are using a mobile device you can also scan the bar code on the food package. The students will be able to compare their food intake to the daily intake national average.  They will also be able to analyze their daily intake to determine and set fitness goals.

Lesson Outline: 
Review the food groups and essential nutrients. The students should be able to name all the essential nutrients and the food groups through a quiz on Socrative. The students will then discuss energy expenditure in comparison to calorie input. Using the lose it application, the students will log their food intake for the past week. The students will also add any exercise/energy expenditure they did throughout the week. Using the application and USDA food minimums as a guide, the students will analyze their intake and output to answer the essential question; how can their habits affect their overall health and wellness? Here is an example of the culminating activity I do in my classroom. The students can produce a written or visual analysis.

Lesson Overview

Video Tutorial:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Site Map for My E-Portfolio

Here is my sitemap for my digital portfolio using coogle

What is included in my E-Portfolio? Week 1 Response

1) What fundamental elements should your e-portfolios include from this program?

What is an E-portfolio and why is it significant? Throughout the past eight months I have embarked on an incredible journey. I have learned things I never thought possible, been exposed to material I did not know existed and develop relationships with people I would not have otherwise if it wasn't for the #ITDML program. So why should I develop an E-portfolio you ask? How else would I be able to organize the vast amount of information and provide evidence of my learning? How else could I share my learning and experiences with others? Isn't that our ultimate goal? My goal when entering the program was to grow as learners to better myself as a teacher. I also wanted to provide a digital platform for other teachers in my building in hopes to help enhance their classroom as well. An E-portfolio can do just that. It is a digital briefcase of information showcasing learning and content from the #ITDML program.

I intend my audience is administrators, coworkers and peers. Below is a list of the fundamental elements that I will be including in my e-portfolios:
  • Name of the program/Purpose of the page
  • Contact information/Philosophy statement
  • Resume
  • Artifacts/work completed in the program
  • Examples and tutorials of information and programs
  • Space for collaboration
  • Links to useful resources

21st Century Philosophy Statement

21st Century Philosophy Statement:

July of 2014 I was asked to write my teaching philosophy for an #itdml assignment.  At that time I was set in my ways and did not intend to change my philosophy.  Little to my lack of understanding, my philosophy had changed and therefore I have learned my first lesson based on this program "be open to change".  So what is my teaching philosophy now?  I believe the better question would be, what is my new teaching philosophy for the 21st century learner?  The 21st century learner has provided schools and teachers with dramatic transformations in the classroom.  Pens and pencils are consider a low tech assistive technology and computers are a source for a flipped lesson.  The classroom is constantly changing and technology is becoming a norm.  Technology is now seen as an priority and can help enhance our classrooms with new innovative ways to teach the information.  Not only can technology bring our learners into the content, it allows the learners to learn anywhere, at anytime from anyone. Scary, yes I know, however; when implemented correctly can positively prepare our students to be successful in the ever changing world. I believe teachers should provide their classrooms with opportunities to be successful through creation and exploration.  The classroom is a setting to allow students to question, engage, synthesize, and elaborate.  I believe all students are capable of learning but not all content can be taught the same.  Once students are given the educational tools, all students are capable of completing amazing tasks.  My classroom must be safe place for all learners to expand their knowledge. The classroom is a place to foster a hunger for learning.  Technology can be an important tool but should not replace the future of education.  I do believe a quality education is a privilege, what you do with it is a choice.  Lastly, if a teacher can be replaced by YouTube, they should.  Identifying needs of my students on a personal level is a necessary part on the journey of education and should never be replaced.